The Art of Eight Limbs
Want to experience Thai boxing? What better place to watch and practice this sport than Bangkok! Here's what to know about the art of the eight limbs.
Muay Thai, or Thai boxing (as the westerners call it) is a rather popular sport in Thailand. Each town boasts its own stadium for this sport. One can look forward to experiencing Muay Thai at the best hotel gym Bangkok has to offer or even at the gymnasiums found at 5-star establishments such as Pathumwan Princess Hotel.
Muay Thai is also known as ‘the art of the eight limbs’ as it employs the use of elbows, fists, shins, and knees of the participants.
Muay Thai originated in the Thai military when it was used as part of its training regime.
If you ever go and see a Thai boxing match, you will be able to witness the pre-fight rituals or the “Wai Khru”. It is how the fighters pay their respect to their trainers. “Ram Muay” is a ritual where fighters get to showcase their agility.
“Mongkhon” is a traditional headgear worn by fighters and is unique to Thai boxing. It is usually awarded to fighters when trainers conclude that their students have become experienced fighters and attained a great deal of knowledge about the sport.